Basic Skin-Healing Salve Recipe

Make your own herbal ointment with this basic healing salve recipe.

| July/August 2014

  • Infused Oils and Skin Salves
    You can make many herbs into infused oils and salves, perfect to treat the skin.
    Photo by Thomas Gibson

  • Infused Oils and Skin Salves

Salves are herbal ointments made by thickening oil infusions made with medicinal herbs. Use for skin irritations and other skin conditions. Salves will typically last about a year covered and kept in a cool, dark place.

Basic Skin-Healing Salve Recipe

• 3 ounces calendula- and chamomile-infused oil
• 1/2 ounce pure beeswax
• 15 drops lavender essential oil
• 3 (1-ounce) salve jars

1. Slowly heat infused oil in a saucepan to about 100 degrees.

2. Chop or grate the beeswax and gradually stir it into hot oil.



3. Once beeswax is melted, remove from heat and stir in essential oil.

4. Pour hot salve into 1-ounce jars and let cool. Cap jars and store at room temperature.



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